Why are the Mets so ready to trade Benson (other than to get rid of Anna)? I know he makes a decent amount of money, but only about a 1 mil more than we are going to pay LoDuca now. But still about 3 or 4 mil less than Vazquez.
Also, I know he struggled in the 2nd half last year, but in the first half, he was probably our most consistent pitcher other than one Pedro Martinez.
Third, I think he makes a pretty solid 4th starter behind Pedro, Glavine, and Trachsel. I'm not asking him to save the team but I think getting 12 wins or so (assuming he improves a bit this year) with an ERA around 4 from your 4th starter is pretty good.
Lastly, I don't think the Mets are going to get anything that great back for him, at least not anyone that is worth trading him for. There is no way Jeremy Affeldt is better in the rotation than Benson (with his career ERA above 4.50 and well over 5 last year). Mike MacDougal is a pretty good reliever, but I still don't think he is enough in return for Benson. I'd personally rather have Benson than Vazquez (just look at what he did in New York with the Yankees, not to mention he is much cheaper than Vazquez).
I don't know...just me wondering why trading Benson is the best option. Thoughts?